Let's end with some reading below about evaluating your e-portfolios and viewing the videos to provide the final step in maintaining your e-portfolios.
Then consolidate your learning by visiting the Quests and completing them this week.
Remember to visit the Ning Network forums to join in the discussions there.
E-portfolios are never finished - they continue to grow, expand and take shape according to the designer, you! Here at the end of this MOOC we recommend that you take the following steps (at the very least) to reflect on and evaluate your e-portfolio in its current status.
E-portfolios are one element of 'what elearning should be' and should be considered in context with other elements of your Personal Learning networking and connecting. Think strategically about how you can 'use an e-portfolio approach' to your ongoing studies and lifelong learning.
To help you with this final step let's see what some of our E-portfolio practitioners have to say. You'll find some podcasts in the Radio EpCoP Episode 7 that clarify the 'next steps' for Lifelong Learning, Current course learning and those seeking recognition of prior learning.
It is up to you to evaluate your own efforts in creating and maintaining an e-portfolio - it belongs to you. However, we do recommend some criteria by which you can judge whether your e-portfolio is on the right track.
Edutechwiki has this to say about Assessment and Evaluation of an electronic portfolio:
Douglas et al. (2004) claim that webfolios "may have the most significant effect on education since the introduction of formal schooling. When fully matured and implemented by capable professional educators throughout every discipline in an educational institution, webfolios promise a viable alternative to current, high-stakes testing, which focuses education on test-taking rather than teaching and learning. The promise webfolios hold - a richer educational experience for all - will not be realized, however, unless educators embrace webfolio concepts and apply them at their highest level of maturation."
The authors consider eight physical and theoretical qualities inherent in portfolio/webfolio processes and applications to determine five levels of maturation:
Herman & Winters (1994) state that we need evidence to assure the e-portfolios technical quality, fairness, effects of implementation, and feasibility.
According to Joanne Carney (2004), Zeichner and Wray (2001) identify six critical dimensions of variation:
This checklist of 10 Must have's, comes from Ray Tolley, UK:
View this inspirational video below on at You Tube and check the book that is available too.
We believe that e-portfolios will be number one topic of conversation among educators for 2012 and we are encouraging you to keep your eye on the work of the Australian Flexible Learning Framework (Framework) who will be leading the way in this.
The latest goals from the 2012 - 2015 National VET e-learning Strategy, include Goal 3: Access and Participation. A critical element of that goal is to:
support learner pathways through a national e-portfolio-based approach to recognition of learning
Thanks for joining us on this EpCoP MOOC an innovative initiative of the Framework. We hope you've enjoyed the experience and would like to share your feedback. One way you can do that is to leave a comment in the EpCoP MOOC blog at: http://moocepcop.edublogs.org/
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